Tag: novel writing


Articles / On Writing

Divas On Writing: Why Can’t I Trust Spell Check? As an editor, I have open on my web browser Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, and the Urban Dictionary at all times while I work. I cross-check each site when I’m stumped on a word, the usage, or if it’s hyphenated. I really hate those hyphenated words.  Oftentimes, authors use the same steps I just listed above when writing....

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Articles / On Writing

The Benefits of a Style Sheet Some authors write according to an outline, and others have a less-organized series of events they want to describe. There are authors who write their scenes sequentially, no matter how great or small, and those who write major scenes first and minor scenes last. I’ve even known one writer who wrote all her sex scenes first—she said they were...

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Recs

So, you got your manuscript back from your content editor, and the first thing she said was, “Where’s the conflict? Everyone’s too nice and perfect.” What do you do? Well, you’re in luck because this week the Divas recommend Tips to Maximize Conflict in Your Novel from social media expert and author Kristen Lamb, who is the author of We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social...

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Articles / On Writing

What the hell is an appositive?  ~oOo~ We’ve all seen sentences like these: Mike and his wife, Jill, took the scenic route on their way to dinner. Harry and his friend Lou went out for drinks. Have you ever  wondered why the name Jill is separated by commas in the first sentence, but Lou isn’t? Grammatically speaking, the name Jill in the first sentence is a...

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Articles / On Writing

Divas On Writing: But I Loooove Adverbs Every author has done it. It’s all right to come out and say it: I loooove adverbs. Heck, even as an editor I love them too. Adverbs are an easy way of explaining something without getting too wordy and usually it’s a quick fix to writing emotion in scenes. They make those pesky verbs look a little prettier....

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On Editing

Divas On Editing: Content Edit   What is a content edit? A content edit of a manuscript is an edit that focuses strongly on story, plot, inconsistencies, character development, structure, pacing, and flow. Although grammar and punctuation are also part of the process, a large effort is placed on the creative elements instead of the technical ones. The primary goal is to edit with a...

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The Dreaded Mirror Scene Articles / On Writing

Not too long ago I read a book to review on my personal blog. This not-to-revealed book started out well enough. The writing was decent, the editing was *cough* passable, and the author was establishing the main female protagonist properly. Then within the first seven pages, there wasn’t just one mirror scene but two! I shook my head and closed the book. Two mirror scenes...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Readers Aren’t Mind Readers   I have read or edited many books in my time that made me scream for more but not necessarily more of the story line or the characters, but more development of the story itself. Many authors fall into the mindset that their readers will understand exactly what they are thinking or trying to convey but the fact of...

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Articles / On Genre

Divas on Genre: Mystery Fiction   Contemporary mystery fiction is also known as crime fiction or detective fiction and has earned the moniker of “the whodunit.” It’s a relatively new genre, having developed over the last two hundred years in direct correlation with increased levels of organized police forces. Early mysteries, such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe (1841) and The...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Making Time To Write All writers have struggled with finding enough time to write. Some stress over it so much it hampers their work to the extent some form blocks or lose their muses. I’m all too familiar and can safely attest that many authors can agree with me. But the real question is: Is it beneficial to you as an author to...

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